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Five Things To Know This Week:

1) 7 Productivity Tips for You and Your Employees
2) How to Take the Stress Out of Making Cold Calls
3) Retain Your Staff Without Spending a Fortune
4) Celebrating Black Business Month
5) Resource of the Week: CNET


 Brian Moran, CEO
 Small Business Edge
Brian Moran & Associates


  7 Productivity Tips for You and Your Employees

Summer is quickly winding down, which means business is (or should be) ramping up. Many small companies slow down in the summer, and getting back in the productivity groove can be a little challenging.

If that sounds like you, or if you’re just looking for a productivity boost, check out these seven tips from

Learn more about how you and your team can be more productive.


  How to Take the Stress Out of Making Cold Calls

Selling is one of my favorite job responsibilities. While it energizes me, I know it intimidates others, especially when you have to make a cold call.

That’s why it’s often helpful to have a prepared sales script. This blog post on HubSpot provides tons of tips about sounding authentic and not robotic and includes cold calling scripts.

Learn more about making successful cold calls.


  Retain Your Staff Without Spending a Fortune

With the Great Resignation still going on and the nation essentially at full employment, small businesses are still struggling to keep their employees onboard. Adding to that stress, inflationary pressures can lead to employees asking for bigger raises than usual.

How are business owners handling this? Fast Company says we now know salary isn’t the only thing that motivates workers. It says, “a strong corporate culture and engaging with staff to ensure there’s purpose and incentive to their work can be just as powerful for keeping employees happy.”

They also want flexible work arrangements (64% of the workforce would consider looking for a new job if required to return to the office full time), bosses who listen to them and act on their input, to be recognized for their efforts, and incentivized to stay (not necessarily by money).

Read more about how to keep your employees happy and onboard.


  Celebrating Black Business Month

SCORE is celebrating Black Business Month by providing resources and information for current and aspiring Black small business owners.

In addition to a post highlighting the opportunities to start or expand a beauty business aimed at Black consumers, there’s a helpful blog about how all of us can support Black-owned businesses.

Learn more about how to help Black business owners.


 Resource of the Week: CNET

When CNET was launched back in the 1990s, its goal was to “give audiences knowledge on all things computing.” Today, that mission has expanded to guiding its readers “to a better future.”

CNET is one of the first places I check when I want the scoop about the newest tech, the best deals, and to get tech tips. But today, CNET is so much more—it’s packed with news, tools, and information about money, home, wellness, cars, and more.

So whether you need to know why your hydrangeas aren’t the color you want or if the new Galaxy Z Fold 4 is worth $1,800, CNET is your go-to source.

Learn more every day on CNET.

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